The upcoming Neil Young concert documentary set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 12, has undergone a name change. Previously billed as ‘Life,’ the documentary now appears to be operating under the title of ‘Neil Young Journeys.’ There has also been a preview clip released for you to view below.
The new film closes out a trilogy of collaborative visual releases from Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director has been lensing Young’s more recent work in a variety of settings, most recently with the excellent ‘Trunk Show’ film, released in 2009, which combined both electric and acoustic performances captured during 2007.
The Toronto screening represents a homecoming for Young, who was born there in 1945. The concert footage featured in ‘Neil Young Journeys’ was filmed also filmed in his former stomping grounds, specifically across two nights at the classic Massey Hall concert hall.
The film also features footage of Young’s Ontario road trip, in which he drove a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria to visit Omemee, a small town where he spent a good portion of his early years. Although bulldozers and time have removed some of the familiar landmarks from his youth, Neil says that the visuals of those places live on in his head.
Notoriously a tech-head of sorts, Neil Young was in San Francisco recently as a keynote speaker for the Dreamforce conference, sharing details on how he has incorporated the Salesforce CRM application into the ongoing construction of his Lincvolt project, for which Young has ambitious goals. “We want to build a zero admissions automobile that eliminates roadside re-fueling entirely,’ he writes on the project website.
The preview clip from ‘Neil Young Journeys’ features an excerpt of a moving solo electric performance of the CSNY classic ‘Ohio,’ intercut with news footage of the National Guard on campus at Kent State University in 1970, the tragic events of which would inspire the writing of ‘Ohio.’
This year’s Bridge School Benefit will feature performances by Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Tony Bennett and Mumford & Sons, Beck, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis and Los Invisibles, featuring Carlos Santana. Proceeds will benefit Young's Bridge School, which helps children with severe physical impairments. Every artist will perform an acoustic set at the show, which will be held on October 22 and 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. The Bridge School was founded by Neil Young and his wife Pegi in 1986 after failing to find an adequate school for their son Ben. The annual concert has managed a star-packed bill ever since it’s first performance in 1986 with heavy hitters Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Don Henley, Nils Lofgren and a comedy set by Robin Williams.
In October HBO debuts George Harrison: Living In A Material World, a two-part examination of the ex-Beatle's life. It is directed by none other than the Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese. Watch the trailer below:
Working with Olivia Harrison and producer Nigel Sinclair, Scorsese and his production team toiled for years to assemble footage, much of it never before seen - some of which was stashed in George's cupboards.
The documentary also includes new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, George Martin, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and many more.
Martin Scorsese's "GEORGE HARRISON: Living In The Material World" is coming to HBO October 5 & 6. Looks like it's going to be an amazing piece of film.
A trailer for a new Quiet Riot feature length documentary, Well Now You're Here There's No Way Back - The Quiet Riot Story, is now online. The film is currently in production and is expected to be released in 2012.
A synopsis for the film reads: Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world renown drummer you probably remember from the 80's band Quiet Riot. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he's a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. At a cross roads in his life he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.
This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the 80's top platinum selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never before seen footage from the milestones in Frankie's long career in music and his personal life now. Funny, and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie's long time friendship with his band mate Kevin DuBrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin DuBrow and continue on with Quiet Riot.
Watch the trailer here: quietriotmovie.com
Duff McKagan's Loaded has just returned from a European tour and is about to go into production for their upcoming feature film "The Taking". Seattle filmmaker and documentarian Jamie Burton Chamberlin is behind the project, which will be a series of "vignettes" that explores the lyrical content of Loaded's recently released studio album.
In a November 2010 interview with West Seattle Herald, Chamberlin said that the film "will be a contemporary version of, say, (The Beatles' 'Hard Day's Night') meets (Led Zeppelin's) 'The Song Remains the Same', with aspects of documentary, music video, and live performance, all interconnected by an underlying motivation. The album will serve as the soundtrack." He added, "Everything will be shot in Seattle and the Northwest. We hope to use locations in West Seattle and other familiar settings to create these vignettes that develop organically within them."
Chamberlin told the West Seattle Herald that McKagan may push to have the piece released in the film festival circuit to offer exposure to a wider audience beyond his music fans."Not a lot of artists out there are interested in going to this extreme of having their music interpreted in film," said Chamberlin. "This project wouldn't be happening without Duff's vision, and the support of people like Rick Canny at Sanctuary management, Loaded's manager. Duff is a super guy, one of the nicest guys you could meet. He has shown a strong commitment to getting this project off the ground. He's got a great business sensibility and is totally creative, qualities that draw me to him as an artist. He's just a classy cat."
In addition to the film, fans can also look forward to a few stateside dates, including a stop at Rock On The Range Canada in Winnipeg on August 20, KISW Pain In The Grass in Auburn, Washington on August 27, and PDX Rock Festival in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 28. More U.S. dates will be announced soon.
U2 News: Documentary to premiere at Toronto film Festival, “Late Show With David Letterman” performance/clips, and the band will sell “the Claw”
'From the Sky Down', a new documentary about the making of U2's 1991 classic Achtung Baby by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, is set to premiere with a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8th. Guggenheim, the director of An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, compiled the film from archival footage of the band recording the album at Hansa studio in Berlin and brand new interviews.
This new documentary is part of a larger celebration of the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby. In addition to recent concerts featuring an abundance of material from the era, U2 have plans to release an expanded reissue of the album later this year.
U2 recently announced plans to sell "the claw" – the four-legged structure at the center of the current 360 Tour – as a permanent venue once the tour is complete. The band had three of the steel structures built for the trek and they are in discussions with various promoters about installing each at different spots around the world. "It's certainly our intention to see these things recycled into permanent and usable ventures," U2 tour director Craig Evans told Billboard. "They're something you can put up on a waterfront and become an instant skyline icon." U2 manager Paul McGuinness echoed that sentiment, telling Rolling Stone: "They need to be slightly re-engineered so they’ll have a roof, a rainproof roof covering the stage. We’re actively marketing them at the moment, and I have every hope that they will find new homes as festival stages in three different locations around the world."
Bono and The Edge were guests on The Late Show With David Letterman recently (July 18) and Spiderman even made an appearance. They talked about Bono's humanitarian work in Africa, the band's brief hiatus while the singer was injured last year and their experience writing music for the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical. Then the two performed a fantastic version of "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of". You've got to see it!